Definition of appositional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌapəˈziSHənl/


Relating to apposition.
Example sentences
  • By virtue of the appositional relation, ‘the crime’ is elaborated as ‘shoplifting’, while ‘shoplifting’ is categorized as ‘a crime’.
  • Opting for an unusually loose, appositional syntax which strings together phrases or clauses that come at a phenomenon from different angles, he manages to give a sensuous concreteness to abstract concepts.
  • The complex appositional NP in the pledge does commit the pledger to a number of claims: that the USA is a single nation, located under God in some sense, indivisible, having liberty for all, and having justice for all.


A term standing in apposition.
Example sentences
  • The parenthetic principle functions as appositional, alongside, but also foundational, rendering a more emphatic assertion unnecessary.

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Syllabification: ap·po·si·tion·al

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